Archive for ‘May, 2013’

The Big Read

This is not what I would call the canonical Top 200 novels, but scanning through it was interesting nevertheless. I’ve read fifty, thus far.

Top 200 novels in the United Kingdom

1. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
3. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
4. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
6. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
7. Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
8. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
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Here is Now

Late to the party with this one, but your moment of perspective for today is to check out Here Is Now, by White Vinyl Design.

Poking around the website, I came across this image, which is so striking in it’s uncomplicated execution but contains so much.

Lava Spray by White Vinyl Design

This illustration is wonderful. It uses our inclination to “read” an image from left to right to tell a story – initially we can feel the mountain air and smell the pine trees and then with gradual but increasing fear we’re finally shocked by the message of nature’s potency and destructive power. The small tower structure, built by human hand, is pitifully small in comparison to the might of even an unseen volcano.

Railway Art


A day of constant delays and service interruptions on the train network found me waiting aimlessly on train station platforms right across town. In my quest to find something, anything, to do, I started snapping away.

This image, heavily filtered in Camera+, is the result of one of those interminable waits.

A passing train and fluorescent lights have resulted in an image of dynamism and colour that strongly contrast, in my mind at least, to the dull and dreary underground station setting in which the original image was captured.

Cropped, filtered, rotated, enhanced, and squeezed for every ounce of colour information, the barest hint of it’s origin remains. Can you find it?